The Jews of Hollywood
“Lights, Camera, Action!” These three words have propelled an industry that was and continues to be largely created and supported by Jewish artists. This class will cover the creation of Hollywood and the influence the Jewish producers, directors, actors, and studio heads had in the creation of the motion picture industry. Based largely on the Neil Gabler book book “An Empire of Their Own” our weekly class will start with the Jewish movie moguls who went from Poland to Polo in one generation and the Jewish artists that followed. You will be fascinated to learn how many Hollywood stars are in fact Jewish! Weekly film clips will bring you back to a time of your youth watching the greatest movies that helped make America great.
Time: 10:45 am–11:45 am
Instructor: Mark Kreditor
Location: Legacy Midtown Park, 8240 Manderville Ln, Dallas, TX 75231
Mark Kreditor is the grandson of a cantorial student from Ukraine and sang in Synagogue, leading services since he was 8 years old. As a student in Boston, he played piano 5 nights a week in sing-along bars and pubs, where he began to correlate the biographical connections of the Jewish songwriters, their religious upbringing, and the melodic flavors of their songs. While building a residential property management company in Dallas, he also taught music history and lectured around the country about the Jewish songwriters that built the American Songbook. He has spoken annually at The Highland Park Methodist Church in the Rejebian lecture series and at many other churches and Synagogues in the Metroplex. As a songwriter, his original compositions have been featured at area religious day schools and nationally at real estate conferences. He lives in Preston Hollow with his wife Carol, a former executive at Trammell Crow Company. Mark is a past VP of the J Board and is a much-beloved faculty member in The Gesher Program at the Aaron Family JCC in Dallas, dynamic, engaging, and life-changing Jewish learning opportunities at the J! Gesher courses are developed by the Dallas area Rabbis and Educators for JCC Dallas.